Island Waters Partnership selects Fuss & O'Neill for technical assistance partner

Last week our team selected civil and environmental engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill from among four qualified proposals to provide technical support to the Island Waters project. 

Phase 1 of this award will retain professional services to provide technical support through BMP identification, prioritization and selection, including several related tasks such as QAPP development, municipal training, IDDE demonstration, finance planning, support for mid-course evaluation, and program benefit-cost analysis. Phase 1 will also include technical support for project final reporting and closeout.

Phase 2 of this award will retain engineering services for BMP design, permitting and installation including construction RFP and contracting support, and construction oversight.

Thanks to all who attended the Island Waters Forum!

(above) “On Aquidneck Island, it’s powerful to see the partnerships of the community and nonprofits,” Curt Spalding, the administrator for the EPA’s New England region. “…It’s time for us to think on a regional scale…this requires a systemic approach.”

(above) “On Aquidneck Island, it’s powerful to see the partnerships of the community and nonprofits,” Curt Spalding, the administrator for the EPA’s New England region. “…It’s time for us to think on a regional scale…this requires a systemic approach.”

Last Thursday night over 170 community members joined the Island Waters Partnership to learn about and discuss water quality issues on AquidneckIsland. Thanks to all who attended!

You can read about the event in the Newport Daily News, and view/download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Got any questions or comments for us about the forum? Please send us your thoughts here

Island Waters October Update

The Island Waters project is up and running. In October, AIPC met with our project partners –NewportMiddletownPortsmouthAquidneck Land Trust and Clean Ocean Access – to continue developing this three-year program to protect and restore Aquidneck Island’s fresh and salt water from the effects of storm water pollution. The team is now focused on developing a “request for proposals” to hire an engineering firm for technical support, and working with the statewide Green Infrastructure Coalition to develop outreach materials for homeowners, commercial properties, and others to reduce storm water pollution.

Three-Year "Island Waters" Project Launches!

(Top, l-r: Curt Spalding, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator; Sen. Jack Reed; Tom Ardito, AIPC Executive Director; Hilary Stevens, AIPC Board Chair; Rep. David Ciciline. Bottom, l-r: Abby Burrows, Drew Carey, Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access; Tom Ardito; Hilary Stevens; Julia Forgue, City of Newport; Rep. Lauren Carson)

(Top, l-r: Curt Spalding, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator; Sen. Jack Reed; Tom Ardito, AIPC Executive Director; Hilary Stevens, AIPC Board Chair; Rep. David Ciciline. Bottom, l-r: Abby Burrows, Drew Carey, Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access; Tom Ardito; Hilary Stevens; Julia Forgue, City of Newport; Rep. Lauren Carson)

We're pleased to announce a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for "Island Waters," an innovative new project that will protect and restore fresh and salt water quality on the Island. AIPC developed the three-year program in partnership with the City of Newport, Towns of Middletown and PortsmouthAquidneck Land Trust and Clean Ocean Access.

The grant is aimed at reducing storm water runoff, which washes pollution into our drinking water reservoirs and coastal waters. Storm water is a problem for water quality throughout the U.S.; however with relatively little protected watershed, large surface reservoirs, and some of the state’s most popular recreational beaches, we are uniquely vulnerable to this type of pollution. 

Island Waters will develop an inter-municipal partnership to help the communities develop more effective ways of managing storm water. While much of the Island Waters grant is for engineering and construction, the project also includes a storm water financing plan and extensive outreach to homeowners and other Island stakeholders.

Learn more about this project from the great news coverage here and here, or by attending our Island Waters community forum on Nov 17th at CCRI (More details TBA). Stay tuned for more news soon!